Dry skin brushing done with some technique can remake your shower routine and give your body an invigorating way to start your day.
- Exfoliates the skin by releasing and removing dead skin cells.
- Lymphatic support – as it stimulates the normal lymph flow within the body and encourages the natural detoxification.
- Clears the pores of the dirt and buildup for clearer skin.
- Provides a natural energy boost by increasing circulation, so it’s a great addition to your morning routine.
Dry brushing can be done daily over the whole body, preferably in the morning before showering. Start with a gentle brush and soft pressure. You can work up to a firmer brush and more firm pressure over time to increase the benefits. Please be gentle, as with any practice it’s always best to do what feels good for you and notice what works for you and your body.
Caution – If you have sensitive skin or a history of eczema or other skin conditions, you may wanna skip this one! Aggressive skin brushing could irritate sensitive skin or cause inflammation. So watch out for itchiness or burning sensations.
- Begin at the soles of the feet, starting with the sole of your for and then up towards your heart with long, smooth strokes, repeating 8-10 times each section of the body. Always brush towards the heart to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Use circular strokes on the tummy in a clockwise motion.
- You can dry brush over the whole body, although avoid sensitive areas. Would also avoid dry brushing the face as the skin is thinner, more sensitive and therefore more prone to irritation.
Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. You might notice a change of colour in the skin tone as the circulation increases, but there shouldn’t be any scratches or broken skin. If it hurts, is itching or burning at all, use less force or try a softer brush with lighter strokes.
Brush – If you are just starting try using a softer brush with a natural bristle and then working your way up to a firmer bristle brush. It should feel firm and pleasant, almost like a massage. Choose a brush with a longer handle to make it easier to reach.
Replace the brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will eventually wear out. I also recommend washing the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.
I personally love dry brushing to exfoliate my skin during Summer and give me a little pick me up in the morning. So why not give it a try and see if it works with your morning routine.